Sunday, May 27, 2012

Aaron's 1st Birthday Party

Yesterday our little guy turned 1!  We threw him a birthday party with some friends and family.  Although I've been quite exhausted from caring for my kids and injured husband (he tore his ACL, MCL, and PCL), I still managed to decorate and plan an orange & blue themed party for my sweet Aaron.  Here are some of my favorites as far as decorating and food went:

I made a banner out of a variety of blue and orange scrapbook papers, yarn, and ribbon.  This was by far my favorite birthday project.

Dipped oreos were a hit!  I dipped oreos in vanilla melty chips, and then drizzled melted blue melty chips over the top.  They were so tasty!

The kids all loved cheese and grape kabobs.

Old Crystal Light containers were decorated with scrapbook paper and made into fork & spoon holders.

An old jar was wrapped with scrapbook paper and stuffed with orange and blue straws (you can find single-colored packs of straws at Michael's for $1).

Napkins rolled and wrapped with ribbons.

Orange and blue Jell-o.  Yum!

I used ribbon and some mini-clothespins (also found at Michael's) to hang pictures of Aaron.

Red Velvet cupcakes with Pioneer Woman's Cream Cheese Frosting.  I made #1 banners using toothpicks and scrapbook paper.  Who knew that Red Velvet was so messy?  I had never done it before, and I would never do it again ;)  The cake in the background is Party Chip Rainbow with Cream Cheese Frosting.  The #1 candle was from the Dollar Store!

The total party cost (including nachos to eat, orange and blue candies for munching, and sodas to drink) was about $100.  Perfect, fun, and frugal for a 1 year old!  Plus, I actually had a $25 gift card to Michael's from Teacher Appreciation week, so I really only spent $75!!!  

I learned that a little bit of scrapbook paper can go a LONG way in terms of decorating!  

Aaron was a little ham, and loved all of the attention.  He loved his new cars (poor boy, with 2 older sisters, he usually plays with dolls) and totally crashed at bedtime.  Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate our sweet little guy!  


  1. I love this theme, Jessica! I'm planning to use your ideas for cute, customized containers for forks and spoons (I never would have thought of scrapbook paper for so much glorious decor) as well as the photos clothesline for a bridal shower I'm hosting soon! The bride loves this D-I-Y, vintage-print style. Thanks for the inspiration, and great ideas for your little guy's first birthday party! What a fun celebration!

  2. Scrapbook paper works wonders! I hope your decorating goes smoothly and I bet it will be beautiful! I'd love to see some of your finished product :)

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